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Art Ritchie

What are the hardware options now days??

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Wow!! I was here in the beginning when LOR was little project of Dan, "just another member of this crazy PlanetChristmas" crew. I remember helping with one of the first PLUS's back in 2003(?) in Pigeon Forge! I use to be a regular and was up to date on all the options (not that there were a lot back then!).

I had settled into the LOR side of things for the control option and life got busy. I lost touch with this great PC community!! Then we lost everything (literally everything) a couple years ago in a wrongful storage unit auction and the frustration put me in a ba-humbug state for a while.

Well I've returned and ready to get back into the mix, but...DANG!! There seem to be a million options now! Renard, LOR, Falcon, Animated Lighting, among others...and that's not counting all the box-store knock offs!!

So, is there a comparison chart anywhere of the controller options and what they can/can't do? Has someone written up a 'dummy's guide'?

Like I said, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things and start my rebuild, but I want to make sure I'm heading down the best path for our future show's!

I want to be able to use the thousands of incandescent's we still own, as well as incorporate LED lighting as we upgrade. I want to do awesome shows, but be able to do pixel control in the near future. I'd like something I can gradually add to at a cheap cost (IE DIY Controllers) but not be limited on features. And it has to be something that's not going to be soon phased out, since if I'm going to be sinking my paychecks into this, I want it to last for along while!

Any help guys??

And to all the old faces, hey guys!! Good to be back and hope to reconnect!!



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